Thaleropia queenslandica—Satinash, Myrtle; Myrtle Satinash; Pink Myrtle—MYRTACEAE.

Thaleropia queenslandica

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Habitat— Grows in well developed upland and mountain rainforest.

Distribution—Endemic to North East Queensland, restricted to the Atherton Tableland and surrounding mountains. Altitudinal range from 800-1200 m.

Description—Large tree with irregular stems.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots present, intramarginal vein present, stipules very small and indistinct, filiform, about 0.5 mm long. Young shoots clothed in short, rusty hairs but older twigs and leaves glabrous. Oil dots very numerous, almost touching one another. Leaf blades about 3.3 to 5 x 1.6 to 2.2 cm. Midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Lateral veins scarcely visible on the upper surface.

Thaleropia queenslandica
Thaleropia queenslandica

Inflorescence.—Calyx tube (hypanthium) and lobes clothed in short, pale, tortuous hairs. Petals ± glabrous on the inner surface, but pubescent on the outer surface, about 3 x 3.5 mm, abruptly narrowed into a very short stalk about 0.5 mm wide. Anther filaments about 7 mm long, anthers with a large oil gland at the tip of the connective. Style about as long as the stamens.

Flowering.—June to July.

Fruit.—Calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Fruits ± hemispherical, about 3 to 4 x 4.5 mm diam. Seeds about 0.5 to 0.6 x 0.2 to 0.3 mm

Ripe.—Spring.

Thaleropia queenslandica